“To whom it may concern…”

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Today’s Word of the Day is boilerplate which means, “standardized text or formulaic language.” I think it at one point or another in our lives, we’ve received a form letter or e-mail from a company or individual. You can always tell it from the start. There’s nothing remotely personal about the letter at all, nothing that implies whoever wrote it was specifically thinking of you when they did. I think those are utterly obnoxious. For example, if you’re going to send someone a letter or e-mail telling them they didn’t get into X university or you’re not going to be offered Y job, the absolute least you can do is not send them the same letter/e-mail you send everyone else, only with the name and address changed. There’s something really tacky about not giving enough of a damn. I get that in some situations, mass letters/e-mails have to go out, and it’s easier to just use the same one over and over again rather than write a new one each time, but is it really that hard to make the person you’re sending it to feel like a human rather than just a serious of letters and numbers?

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